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The Special Interest Group for Social Informatics (SIG SI) of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) is issuing a call for nominations for the 2020 Annual ASIS&T SIG SI Awards, with nominations due by July 10. Self-nominations are welcome and the nomination process is quite short, as detailed below. For those familiar with our prior awards structure please note there are a few changes this year.

We seek nominations in the following two categories:

  1. Best Paper: For a paper published either in a peer-reviewed journal or in peer-reviewed conference proceedings, during the 2019 calendar year, on a topic informed by social informatics. Submissions from all researchers at any career stage are welcomed. The winning author(s) will receive a $750 (USD) cash awardand be invited to attend and have their work recognized at the Social Informatics Research Symposium as part of the ASIS&T 2020 Annual Meeting. The Symposium is co-organized by SIG SI, SM (Social Media), and IEP (Information Ethics & Policy) and will be held online later this fall. 
  2. Emerging Social Informatics Researchers: For up to two students whose research is on topics informed by and/or relating to social informatics. First consideration will go to students who are an author on a paper or poster accepted for the ASIS&T 2020 Annual Meeting or to the Social Informatics Research Symposium to be held as part of the conference. Up to two winning students will be reimbursed for or otherwise receive free registration to the ASIS&T 2020 Annual Meeting and the Social Informatics Research Symposium, an approximate $250 (USD) value. The winning student(s) will be recognized at the symposium and have ample opportunity to interact with researchers and scholars in social informatics, social media, information ethics and policy, and cognate fields.

To nominate for these awards, please send the following to Adam Worrall (, SIG SI Awards Coordinator, by July 10, 2020, 11:59pm EDT (UTC-4):

  • For the Best Paper Award: A full reference of the article being nominated, including the authors, title, and publication venue; a brief explanation of why you are nominating this article; and a digital copy of the article (PDF preferred).
  • For the Emerging Social Informatics Researchers Award: Your name; university / institutional email address; the university / institution and department you are part of as a student; and a short statement of approximately 300 words (plus any references) briefly describing your research and scholarship in social informatics. Please also ensure the statement references any relevant paper or poster submitted or accepted to the ASIS&T 2020 Annual Meeting or Social Informatics Research Symposium. These can either be included directly in the body of your email or in one attached document (PDF preferred).

Our intention is to notify award winners no later than August 7, 2020, in time for ASIS&T 2020 Annual Meeting early bird registration (ends August 8). Good luck to all who apply!